Offen predictable, sometimes surprising, that's my river, that I generally court, which sometimes fills me with joy, sometimes afflicts me, but, always enchants me !
Taking its source at an altittude of 680 meters, on the top of the Climont, in the granitics Vosges, the Bruche runs during 78 km to its confluence with the river Ill, just before Strasbourg. Up to Dinsheim, it is classified in 1st category (salmonidae dominant). Rich in watery insects (baetis, rithrogena, ephemerella ignita, caddis..) it presents a succession of flats and currents, typical of the piedmont plains.
It is well populated with brown trouts, to wich are added white fish (chubs, daces, spirlin, bleaks, gudgeons..). From Heiligenberg, the graylings are well established and it contains some rainbow trouts. The trouts are not enormous there; a fish of 30 cm is a beautiful specimen (my personal record with the fly is 45 cm there), but they are wild, and defend themselves with vivacity and malignancy. The graylings commonly reach 30 cm and some specimens of more than 40 cm were already caught.
Where you can get fishing cards :
- For most of the fishing sectors, on the web: http://en.cartedepeche.fr/
-by fishing store FARIO :........ 34, grand rue,............67120 DORLISHEIM ......... tel: 0033 3 88 48 86 66 , . for the sectors of Muhlbach, Mutzig and Molsheim.
-by fishing store BRUCHE- NATURE: 13, route de Strasbourg ,.. 67130 SCHIRMECK ... tel: 0033 3 88 97 89 45 , .. for the fly-fishing course from Schirmeck.
-by fishing store NATURAMA, Zone de loisirs "Le Tręfle" 67120 DORLISHEIM. tél: 03 88 04 81 81. for the sector of Ergersheim-Dachstein-Wolxheim.
News: In june it is always interessant to fish on brown trouts in the Bruche. Now it is also a good month to catch them with a dry fly , late in the evening.
My last flyfishing session: On May 9, 2018, as part of my C.B.F. coaching days, I took two American flyfishermen, two very nice brothers, Robert and Derek, on the Bruche in 1st category. The weather was nice, with a light north wind that stalled the fish. Despite the presence of many ephemerae, no rising fish all the day. Eager to know a new river, my "Favorites" fished with nymph over, Derek also trying the streamer. They had a dozen bites, managing to deceive 5 brown trouts and 1 beautiful chub. (cf. pictures 1, 2 and 3). As nymph, the TVC-2 brought most of the catches, Derek also taking a trout on one of his "caddis nymph". Both returned delighted with the discovery of their first French river, my technical advices, the beautiful trouts caught and the picnic "so frenchy" that I had concocted.
C.B.F. last news:
There are of course other interesting rivers for flyfishing in Alsace, like the Moder, the Eichel, the Sauer, the Giessen, or the Andlau in the Bas-Rhin, the Fecht, the Doller, the Ill, the Lauch or the Thur in the Haut-Rhin. But the Bruche is certainly one of the most beautiful.